Rumors that have been buzzing around the fashion world for months now have been confirmed. Anthony Vaccarello, creative director of Versus Versace is moving to Yves Saint Laurent.
Saint Laurent announced on April 1 that Hedi Slimane had stepped down from her position of creative director of the company. Slimane had been the creative director of the French fashion house for four years.
36-year-old former creative director of Versus Versace will be taking her place, effective immediately. Vaccarello who took the job as creative director of Versace in January of 2015 may have only had a short time in his position, but he made a lasting impression.
Donatella Versace commented on Vaccarello’s departure and said, “While I’m sad to see him leave the Versace family, I wish [him] tremendous success with his next chapter,” according to Fashionista.
On April 4 Kering, the parent company of Saint Laurent, confirmed in a release that Vaccarello had been appointed the new creative director of the fashion house. His style is similar to that of Slimane’s, making him a perfect fit for Saint Laurent.
Vaccarello said, “Mr Saint Laurent is a legendary figure for his creativity, style and audacity. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the history of this extraordinary house,” according to Business of Fashion.
Vaccarello is scheduled to show his first collection for his fashion house in October 2016 during Paris Fashion Week.
“I am extremely happy to have Anthony Vaccarello take the creative helm of Yves Saint Laurent. His modern, pure aesthetic is the perfect fit for the maison,” said Francesca Bellettini, President and CEO of Yves Saint Laurent on Fashionista, “He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent. I am enthusiastic about embarking on a new era with Anthony Vaccarello, and together bringing the maison further success.”
Ms. Versace has not yet announced who Vaccarello’s successor will be. As reported on the New York Times, she plans on, “surprising everybody” with her choice.